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McCrum to Serve as Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at BJU

Dalila McCrum

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 5, 2017) – Dalila McCrum will serve as Assistant Professor of Teacher Education and the Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator in the School of Education at Bob Jones University in the fall. Previously, McCrum served as a first grade teacher at Pelham Road Elementary School and substitute teacher for Greenville County Schools.

“Dalila comes to us with a strong background in early childhood education,” said Dr. Brian Carruthers, dean of the School of Education. “Her passion for helping our teacher candidates in being prepared for a future ministry of working with children will be an incredible asset to our program.”

McCrum earned a BS in Early Childhood Education (2007) with a minor in dramatic production and an MS in Elementary Education (2008) from BJU and is certified in South Carolina in Early Childhood Education.

McCrum is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the South Carolina State Council of the International Reading Association (SCSCIRA), and the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE). She recently trained and partnered with Discovery Education to bring technology integration and 21st century teaching strategies into her classroom and has presented at the Upstate Technology Conference.

Outside of the classroom, McCrum is an active member of Morningside Baptist Church, serving both in the nursery and as a children’s Sunday school teacher.

“While teaching in a public elementary classroom, I had the privilege to mentor practicum and clinical teachers from BJU,” said McCrum. “I look forward to this new opportunity to continue encouraging educators of young children in this new role.”

McCrum’s husband, Larry, will serve this fall as Secondary Learning Resource Center faculty in the high school at Bob Jones Academy, where their two children, Priscilla and Lucas, will be attending.

Eubanks to Serve as Assistant Professor at BJU

Amber Eubanks

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 4, 2017) – Amber Eubanks will return to Bob Jones University this fall as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Music in the School of Fine Arts and Communication. Previously, Eubanks served as a string teacher at Bob Jones Academy.

“We’re excited to welcome Amber to a fulltime appointment on the University faculty,” said Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication. “We have greatly benefited from Amber’s faithful service in our pre-college program, and we look forward to having her part of the University faculty now.”

Eubanks earned a BS (2004) and an MME (2008) in Music Education from BJU as well as a Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction degree. She is certified in Music Education (instrumental and piano) by the State of South Carolina.

Eubanks has served as a cello and bass class instructor, student teaching supervisor, and chamber music coach and has taught private cello and bass lessons at BJU and BJA for several years. She also served as the string orchestra director for Blue Ridge Middle and High Schools, as the assistant director for Greenville County’s Honors Youth Orchestras, and as a South Carolina Region Orchestra Assistant.

Eubanks is a member of the American String Teacher’s Association and National Association for Music Education. She has participated in the South Carolina Cello Choir, BJU’s Symphonic Orchestra, Virginia Playweek’s Chamber Music Workshop, and Ohio State’s String Teaching Workshop. She has also served as an adjudicator for the National Federation of Music, American Association of Christian Schools (AACS), and numerous high school music festivals.

Outside of the classroom, Eubanks is an active member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, both in the music program and in a variety of other ministries, and provides music for services held at Brookdale Assisted Living Home.

“After 10 years serving at BJA and as adjunct at BJU, it is a privilege to continue to support BJU’s mission of developing Christ-like character that is scripturally disciplined, others-serving, God-loving, Christ-proclaiming and focused above,” said Eubanks. “With BJU’s rich history of promoting high quality arts, I look forward to participating in the continued growth of the fine arts at BJU.”

Page to Serve as BJU Chief of Staff

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 1, 2017) – Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit today appointed Randy Page, director of Public Relations, to the newly created position of Chief of Staff.

As Chief of Staff, Page is responsible for advising the president on policy and process issues, overseeing the management of the president’s office along with his schedule, representing the president to internal and external constituents, and overseeing the president’s priority projects. Page will retain his public relations and government relations responsibilities and will serve on the President’s Cabinet.

Prior to coming to BJU in 2013, Page served as president of South Carolinians for Responsible Government, one of the largest grassroots organizations in South Carolina, which lobbied state government for tuition tax credits for parents who homeschooled or sent their children to private schools.

He also served as director of public events for Governor David Beasley, legislative director for Lt. Governor Bob Peeler and chief of staff to Lt. Governor Andre Bauer.

In addition, Page has managed or consulted on numerous local, state and national election campaigns in South Carolina.

He serves on the boards of South Carolina Citizens for Life, the state affiliate of National Right to Life, and Palmetto Family Council, the state affiliate of Focus on the Family.

Page was awarded the state’s highest civilian award, The Order of the Palmetto, in 1998. Page was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by the Bob Jones University Alumni Association in 2006, the President’s Award by South Carolina Citizens for Life in 2013 and the Distinguished Service Award by the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools in 2015. He has also been listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Politics.

Page was a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention, served on the RNC Platform Committee and as a member of the Electoral College. In 2016, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, and served on the RNC’s Credentials Committee. Page formerly served as Fourth Congressional District Chair, Second Congressional District Chair and currently serves as co-chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party’s Platform Committee and as a member of the Faith Engagement Committee for the SC GOP.

Page is a 1990 graduate of Bob Jones University. He and his wife, Melissa, are the parents of an adult daughter and seventeen-year-old son, and are active members of Faith Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina.

Bob Jones University Students Participate in UK Study Abroad Experience

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 1, 2017) – Several students recently participated in the 2017 United Kingdom Study Abroad Experience hosted by Bob Jones University.

Students toured cities throughout England, Scotland, and Wales including London, Bath, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, York, Keswick, Edinburgh, and Inverness. Discussions throughout the tour focused on Christian storytellers C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

The students attended a Shakespearean play at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, participating in discussions of religious themes within Shakespearean literature and a tour of the Globe Theatre. The trip also included a tour of Stonehenge; a tour of the Kilns, home of C.S. Lewis, in Oxford; a lecture from leading C.S. Lewis scholar, Michael Ward; and a lecture and tour of Oxford University by BJU alumnus, Shakespearean scholar, and Oxford University student, Micah Coston.

“During this trip, the island of Great Britain was our classroom,” says Dr. Paul Radford, head of the Department of Communication Studies at BJU and tour host. “Discussions came alive as we explored sites significant to the course material. Traveling internationally as a community of students produced settings for immersive learning.”

Trip participants included Elise Farley (junior communication major), Amanda Benwire (sophomore interior architecture and design major), Karen Balint (junior communication major), Jamie Gelzleichter (junior cinema production major), Bailey Dabbs (junior communication major), Nathan Young (graduate student pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in communication studies), Julie Mission (graduate student pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in communications studies), Aubrey Elliott (graduate student pursuing a Masters of Music degree), Joshua Lobach (graduate student pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree), Stephen Broadwater (2017 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in cinema production), Jesse Mallory (2017 graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting), Rebekah Cobb (2008 graduate with a Masters of Science degree in personnel services), Rachel Cobb (2008 graduate with a Masters of Arts degree in interpretative speech), and Katie Pletcher (2014 graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian ministries and current BJU staff member).

Four BJU Students Receive Gingery-Mack Music Scholarships

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 30, 2017) – The Bob Jones University Division of Music recently awarded four music students the 2017 Gingery-Mack Music Scholarship, a scholarship fund that provides financial aid to young Christian musicians at BJU.

“The Gingery-Mack Scholarship Fund allows the music faculty of BJU to reach many more gifted, young, Christian musicians and to equip them to touch hundreds of lives with the power of great music,” says Dr. Dan Turner, president of the Gingery-Mack Music Scholarship Fund and director of instrumental activities at BJU. “We believe this year’s recipients are exceptionally talented young musicians and that their variety of musical abilities will make a great addition to our music department.”

Founded in 2014 by alumni, friends, and faculty of BJU, the scholarship fund, through competitive auditions and interviews, seeks to identify promising young musical artists and nurture their artistic growth in the same way that professors Gail and Alice Gingery and Warren Mack did for past generations of BJU music students. The recipients cover the entire spectrum of musical arts and come from all parts of the United States to study with the faculty of BJU.

The recipients of this year’s scholarships are freshman Jean-Luc Cataquet of Carolina, Puerto Rico (not pictured); freshman Anna Fraley of Greer, South Carolina; freshman Jennifer Naas of Waynesboro, Georgia; and freshman Nathan Gardner of Greenville.

William Craven Wins Several Awards at Christian Film Festival

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 31, 2017) – William Craven, a 2017 graduate of Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cinema Production, recently won numerous awards for his senior film project, Grounded, at the Christian Film Festival in  Newport News, Virginia.

Held on the last Saturday of each month, the Christian Film Festival (CFF) showcases Christian movies, music videos, cartoons, documentaries, educational films, and scripts, and recognizes the creators of those projects.

“BJU cinema students have been consistently recognized for their quality work at film festivals, and we’re so pleased that William Craven’s film was awarded so many accolades at the Christian Film Festival,” said Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication at BJU. “We look forward to training many more young filmmakers to serve Christ with their visual storytelling.”

Craven, a resident of Greenville, won Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Actor Supporting, Best Actress Supporting, Best Hair & Make-Up, and Best Music. Grounded was also named as an official selection for the 2017 Endless Mountains Film Festival and the TRIFF 2017 – Tryon International Film Festival.

Grounded tells the story of Jim, a missions aviator, who unexpectedly finds himself stateside after his wife falls ill with an unknown sickness. Jim takes a job as a flight instructor at a local airfield, but his heart and mind continually drift back to Africa. Jim struggles to accept God’s will because he knows that means letting go of his dream.

Bob Jones University Announces 2017-2018 Concert, Opera and Drama Series

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 28, 2017) – Bob Jones University recently announced the schedule for the University’s 2017-2018 Concert, Opera and Drama Series. The series will once again bring world-renowned artists to Greenville. All performances are open to the public.

The 2017-2018 BJU Concert, Opera and Drama Series includes:

Denyce Graves – Oct. 19 – 8 p.m.

Recognized worldwide as one of today’s most exciting vocal stars, Denyce Graves continues to gather unparalleled popular and critical acclaim in performances on four continents.

“Much Ado About Nothing” – Nov. 16, 17, 18 – 8 p.m.

Under the direction of Lonnie Polson, the Classic Players present Shakespeare’s brilliantly constructed tale of love interwoven with a merry war of wits between one of drama’s most famous couples, Beatrice and Benedick.

A Christmas Carol – Dec. 1 – 8 p.m., Dec. 2 – 2 p.m. 

Adapted for the stage by Charles Jones with musical arrangements by John Bennett, Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol is rich with thrilling musical ensemble music, alive with color and movement, and is created to tell this great and enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy. Presented by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan.

Piano Battle – Feb. 8 – 8 p.m.

The brainchild of internationally accomplished pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis, the Piano Battle sees the duo go head-to-head on stage, charming and enchanting the audience with a variety of classical pieces. The two artists, with distinctly different performance styles, take turns to perform pieces by composers such as Chopin, Liszt and Debussy. They will even improvise based on the tunes you request.

Lucia Di Lammermoor – Feb. 27 – 8 p.m., March 1, 3 – 8 p.m.

The University Opera Association presents Donizetti’s tale of love, betrayal, and madness – one of opera’s most melodic scores – with guest artists Sarah Coburn, Yi Li, Mark Waters and Kevin Thompson.

Living Gallery – March 29-30 – 4:30 & 7:30 p.m., March 31 – 2, 4:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Living Gallery, a boldly unique, dramatic presentation of sacred masterworks of art depicting Christ’s ministry and passion, is an Upstate Easter tradition. See these great paintings come alive in life-size recreations on the Rodeheaver stage as choirs, instrumentalists, and costumed actors re-create scenes from the Lord’s ministry on earth.

Season tickets are available now. Tickets for individual performances are available for purchase beginning Friday, Sept. 1 online or by phone at (864) 770-1372 from noon to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Bob Jones University Kicks Off 91st Academic Year

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 28, 2017) – Bob Jones University kicks off its 91st academic year Monday, Aug. 28, during the annual opening exercises beginning at 7 p.m. in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium.
“We are looking forward to a new academic year,” says BJU President Steve Pettit. “During our 90th year, BJU achieved major milestones with tax exemption and regional accreditation. We’re excited to see what God has for us as we look toward celebrating our centennial.”
Largely focused on celebrating the incoming Class of 2021, opening exercises includes a procession of the freshmen class at the beginning of the event, as well as charges from the president, faculty members and student leaders.
BJU is a regionally accredited, biblically faithful Christian liberal arts university focused on educating the whole person to reflect and serve Christ. BJU offers a unique blend of challenging and rewarding academic programs, discipleship, and character and leadership development. BJU is committed to the truth of Scripture and to pursuing excellence in all we do.
BJU provides over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in religion, education, fine arts and communication, arts and science, and business. BJU has 2,700 students from nearly every state and more than 40 countries.

Kenneth Burkholder Interns for DiversiTech Corporation

Kenneth Burkholder

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 25, 2017) – Kenneth Burkholder, a sophomore engineering major at Bob Jones University, interns this summer for DiversiTech Corporation located in Covington, Georgia.

Burkholder, a resident of Loganville, Georgia, serves in the manufacturing and quality engineering department. Some of his responsibilities include increasing plant efficiency, collecting and analyzing data, and observing and recording procedures such as machine startup. He is also developing spreadsheets to streamline downtime and production tracking and conducting process studies to determine machine cycle time and cost per unit.

“My work this summer has helped me to better understand the production process and has given me insight into the engineering that makes that process possible,” says Burkholder.

Anne Nguyen Participates in Plumeria Research Project

Anne Nguyen

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 24, 2017) – Anne Nguyen, a sophomore premed major at Bob Jones University, participated this summer in a pilot research project at BJU. The project was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Robert Lee of the BJU Chemistry Department and Dr. Vincenzo Antignani of the BJU Department of Biology in the Division of Natural Sciences.

A resident of Taylors, Nguyen investigated methods to extract compounds from the leaves of a plumeria tree, a plant largely used in traditional medicine. Primarily, Nguyen’s responsibilities included exploring a variety of extraction methods, performing chemical tests, and recording her findings.

“Overall, this experience was fun, challenging, and thought-provoking and proved extremely profitable to me,” said Nguyen. “This summer, I learned how important it is to ask for help and work as a team. The higher level thinking required for this experience challenged me to work smarter and allowed me to experience the world of research. The logic I developed and the problem solving skills I practiced will greatly help me in my future career.”